In 2016, the Rutgers community was informed about the approval of the name change of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies into Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies. This recent change of name is part of a gradual evolution of the faculty and curriculum of the department, which was originally dedicated to the study of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. The Department celebrates its present and future by studying its origins and history. Our team of undergraduate students and faculty investigators will research and curate the historical archive of our department and further research Latinx and Caribbean students at Rutgers, in New Brunswick, and elsewhere in New Jersey.
Eighteen students from the Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) led the efforts to create the Puerto Rican Studies Program at Rutgers in 1970. In the recently published book Rutgers since 1945 (Rutgers University Press, 2015), Professor Paul Clemens documents Latino student mobilizations and their crucial role in the transformation of the Program of Puerto Rican Studies into the Department of Puerto Rican Studies in 1973. Our students have been integral to the development and transformation of our department from the 1970s until the present. As part of the events commemorating the 250th anniversary of the university, Paul Clemens and Kathleen Lopez organized a symposium that focused on the Puerto Rican student movement and the history and trajectory of Latinos at Rutgers. This ARESTY Project supplements the symposium by assisting us with the process of digitizing and curating the historical archive for Puerto Rican, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers.
For more information, please contact the faculty investigators.